Monday, February 1, 2010

New Panorama Tools / Free Pass to PMA 2010

I have been working on a project that will require me to stich together about 10 frames of 16-bit full resolution Hasselblad H3D 40 megapixel files. I have not had the best luck using the photomerge feature in CS4 for this - it seems that I am asking the program to do more than it is capable of and end up with weird results that are not at all a seamless panorama - more like a jumbled mess. I researched some other alternatives and found a great tool called PTgui, short for Panorama Tools graphical user interface. This program is amazing - I fed it 10 of these high res 16-bit image files and it processed them into a perfect panorama at full native resolution in a minute or two, with almost perfect results. I just needed to do a small amount of cloning in some areas. I recommend this program to anyone who needs to process very high resolution panoramas. Here is a shot that I was working on, this Sunset Panorama of Lake Tahoe is 10 frames stitched together. This is a test image for a project I am working on that will eventually be printed 150 feet long and 10 feet high, although this is not the print I will be using (still waiting for a better sunset). This is of the Sierra crest along the west shore of Lake Tahoe. 


PMA 2010 is just around the corner. This is a great event to see what is happening with the photo industry and the picture framing industry as well. It will be in Anaheim CA this year. If you want to go you can try to register with this link, it could save you the $100 trade show entry fee (courtesy of DryTac). Olof and I are planning on going if the weather is not bad for traveling.



  1. Elizabeth Carmel is my favorite teacher. The information about tools and shooting tips are most helpful. I maybe one of her older
    students, over 80.
    I went to Big Bend before Thanksgiving to try to get few panoramas. In the past I used Autopano but for these PTgui the choice. Very friendly. A Sony A900 cought detail pretty well, but the improvement of using NIK Sharpener Pro 3.0 was impressive.
    Elizabeth Carmel's Website is an inspiration - I'll never get there but I may get better along the way. Many thanks.

  2. Super image and great info. I have trouble in the field remembering to turn a scene into a pano. What is the venue for the 150' long print?